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self-reflecting on fear to write an imaginative tale about overcoming it

Student Writer Instructions:

In Harry and the Terrible Whatzit, our main character is frightened to go down in the cellar because the Whatzit lives there.  In order to save his mother who has gone into the cellar to retrieve some pickles, he must go down there too.  Harry “attacks” his fear and overcomes it in the end.   Today you will be writing a story where your character has to overcome a fear, just like in this book.

First, you need to invent a character and a fear for your character to overcome.  To do this, you will press three different buttons to receive information to help develop your ideas. 

The first button will be your main character.  Make sure you spend some time in your story describing your character with good details

The second button will give you ideas for the name of your feared “thing.”   Make sure you plan to use interesting details to describe it.

And the third button will be the place (setting) your fearful "thing" is found.   What details will help describe the place better?

Can you write an original story using excellent details that shows how your character “attacks” the fear...and in the end becomes fearless?  

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Who might your character be?

(It's okay to come up with your own character here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

What is the name of the "scary thing" your character afraid of?

(It's okay to come up with your own fear here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Where might this fear hide out?


(It's okay to come up with your own hiding spot here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)



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